Tyler Cook’s visit to Hilton Coliseum during the winter, it turns out, isn’t likely to be the St. Louis (MO) Chaminade prospect’s last.
Cook, a 6-foot-7 four-star power forward, recently cut his list of schools to six, and included Iowa State in his mix along with Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Missouri and Virginia. The next step for the highly touted top-100 player will be to set official visits which should bring him back to Ames by the end of next season.“I didn’t really have a set number, like a goal of how many schools I wanted to cut it down to,” Cook told AllCyclones.com. “I just cut it down to the schools I feel like I have the best relationship with. All of the schools on my list I feel like I could fit into to some degree. The next step is trying to figure out the absolute best place for me.”
Cook’s list of offers from Power 5 schools reached double figures before the soon-to-be senior cut his list to six schools in the first days of May. While he has yet to ever visit Arkansas, Florida or Virginia, Cook has visited Iowa State, Iowa and Missouri multiple times.
Now he’s determining when he’ll visit again.
“The next step for me is taking my official visits and figuring out which five I’m going to take those officials to,” Cook said. “I’ve talked to my parents about maybe getting one before school gets back in. But I’m not really sure about that yet. We’re still in the process of trying to figure out where we want to go first and when.”
It would appear likely that three of Cook’s official visits would be given to Arkansas, Florida and Virginia for logistical purposes. Cook has already made unofficial visits to the three other schools and could settle to do so again with the lone school that doesn’t get one of his five official visits in the months ahead.
As for his recruitment, relationships will play a big role.
Iowa State has largely recruited Cook with head coach Fred Hoiberg. Former assistant Matt Abdelmassih played a smaller role, but there has been little fallout after he departed for St. John’s earlier this offseason.
“Coach Hoiberg has actually been talking to my mom pretty often,” Cook said of Iowa State. “Coach Cornell [Mann], since their other assistant coach left, has really stepped up and has been talking to us a lot. Those two guys have been the main two guys calling us.”
Cook was in attendance when Iowa State beat West Virginia at Hilton in February. One key with Iowa State is the fast-paced style of play, which fits the versatile Cook.
“I like the way that they use all five guys in multiple ways,” Cook said. “Georges [Niang] would be a good example. He’s a big man but plays the three through five spots. Versatility is something that they look for and I feel like I can bring similar things to the table with the way that they play and I feel like that would fit nicely with my game and style of play.”
Cook doesn’t currently have a timeline for a decision, saying he’ll sign when it feels right. First up is official visits beginning later this year, which he hopes will give him a feel for what fit is best.
“Besides basketball is just academics and what they offer in the classroom, how I can see myself enjoying it if I have to stay all four years,” Cook said. “That’s one thing I think about. I go off my instincts a lot. I tend to get a feel inside me when I go on visits and just going off that gut feeling, whether I can call that place home, will be a big factor to me.”